Canada is known for its breathtaking scenery and cold winters. Yet, there are still much to explore in this huge country. I want to share with you interesting places to visit in one of Canada's top cities, Mississauga. So, here are some tips on the best places to visit when you come to Mississauga.
To start with, let's have an idea where Mississauga is situated. It is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, bordering Toronto to the east. It is Canada's 6th largest city and was ranked as the safest city for the 7th year in a row. It's also home to the University of Toronto Mississauga and Toronto Pearson International Airport. From hiking to shopping, this city has a lot to offer!
1. Walk around the picturesque Port Credit
This neighbourhood is located in the scenic view where Lake Ontario and Credit River meets. The Port Credit waterfront has a lot of activities such as rowing, boating and paddle boarding. The Mississauga Canoe Club and The Don Rowing Club are a regular, practicing their skills on these waters. The pier is lined up with restaurants and park benches where you can relax after your bike ride or lazy walk on the trails. Live music is available year-round and festivals take place on special months like the Mississauga Waterfront Festival every June.
2. Go outdoors in Rattray Marsh Conservation Area and Riverwood Conservancy
The Rattray Marsh Conversation Area is a lakefront wetland which nature lovers would surely want to visit. This location has a rich biodiversity including birds, trees, plants and other animals. To make sure the area and wildlife are protected, trails and boardwalks are available for tourists to enjoy activities like bird watching, photography, and hiking. Another interesting conservation area is the Riverwood Conservancy along the Credit River. This 150-acre nature preserve is home to 150 local and migratory birds and has many trail options to choose from. In its trails, you'd get a good dose of sunlight and fresh air as you hike around big trees and botanical gardens.
3. Enjoy shopping in Square One and community events in Celebration Square
Square One is the 3rd largest shopping centre in the country, with more than 360 stores for shopping, dining and entertainment options. Every year, more than 24 million people come here, making it one of the popular spots in the city. Square One has a thriving restaurant scene with its Food District which offers the local with modern and urban food concept. The mall is just 15 minutes away from the airport and surrounded by high-rise residential and office towers. Just nearby is the Celebration Square, another must-visit place in the heart of downtown Mississauga. Celebration Square includes the outdoor civic centre, park and ampitheatre. People of all ages can come and enjoy skating on the rink, walking their dog and celebrate local events such as Canada day where you can witness cultural performances, fireworks display and celebrity musicians.
4. Appreciate the arts and culture in the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Bradley Museum
Do you like contemporary art? If yes, then don't miss out on visiting the Art Gallery of Mississauga. This free admission public gallery has four gallery spaces with rotating exhibitions all year. The gallery includes up to 500 works of art from national and regional artists. Aside from that, there are also lectures, workshop, yoga and art classes you can join. Next, get in touch with local history when you visit the Bradley Museum. This 2-acre museum complex has been designated as an Ontario Heritage Site, with some of its buildings dating back to the early 1800s. The site is just nearby the Rattray marsh and also has its own nature and waterfront trails.
5. Play at the BraeBen Golf Course and the Lakeview Golf Course
Mississauga has two main golf courses. The first one is the BraeBen Golf Course which features an 18-hole championship course, 4 sets of tees for different skill levels, a driving range and dining facilities. The other one is the famous Lakeview Golf Course, which was established since 1907 and has hosted the Canada Open twice. It has been designated as an Ontario Heritage Site. Like BraeBen, it also features an 18-hole championship course, outdoor patio and lounge.
6. Go back in time in Streetsville
Have you heard of this gem in Mississauga? This neighbourhood is nicknamed the Village in the City because of its small-town charm. Streetsville is home to many historic buildings in the city, with some either being converted or merged into specialty shops, modern restaurants, spas and cafes along Queen St. One example is the Tea Room which occupies the historical Robinson-Bray House built in 1885. Other activities you can enjoy here are guided walking tours around the area's landmarks, carnival rides and games during the Bread & Honey Festival, and fishing or picnicking in the Memorial Park.
There are many more good places in Mississauga, and we'd surely run out of time mentioning all of those. But the places mentioned earlier are a great start for those who plan to visit or move to Mississauga. I hope you'd have the chance to experience for yourself the beauty and wonderful community offered by this city.
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